Safety

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Every year in the U.S. hundreds of babies die from sleep-related causes. That includes everything from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome to soft pillows and blankets. Every year, babies in Idaho die from these causes. Because some of these deaths can be prevented, health providers in the Gem State are putting together programs to make sure babies stay safe when they sleep. Idaho Matters talks with St. Luke's Hospital Director of Advocacy and Community Education Sherry Iverson about this issue. We also talk about National Child Passenger Safety Week. St. Luke's is providing free car seat checks around the state, find a list here.

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This interview was originally broadcast May 30, 2018.

The Boise Police Department offers a free course on how to respond to active shooter scenarios in public. The class fills quickly and we discuss some of those techniques with BPD Officer Kevin Wittmuss.

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School began Monday, August 20, at many public and private schools throughout the state. Idaho Matters speaks with a policeman about safely getting kids to the classroom, seasonal traffic patterns for drivers in school zones, and how to properly drive past a school bus.

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  • Overuse of electronic devices may be impacting children's motor skills.
  • A look at student safety ahead of the school year.

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Idaho has the second highest rate of unintentional drownings of children in swimming pools, lakes, rivers and canals.  On Monday's edition of Idaho Matters, we speak with Treasure Valley YMCA CEO David Duro about water safety.

There's some confusion regarding the legality of aerial fireworks in the Gem State and on Thursday's Idaho Matters we parse out what you can buy and where you can set it off.

The X-Games qualifiers are in Boise this weekend and we talk to a doctor about just how dangerous some of those events are and the safety precautions daredevils across the valley should heed.

  • Firework safety and legality ahead of the 4th of July
  • Valley officials discuss mass transit
  • A look at the physiology of the X-Gamer
  • Boise Weekly's George Prentice talks movies

- There's some confusion regarding the legality of aerial fireworks in the Gem State and on Thursday's Idaho Matters we parse out what you can buy.

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St. Luke’s Health System is using a music video spoof to remind people to protect their eyes during the upcoming solar eclipse.


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The drive-through window behind the Moxie Java on Boise’s Vista Avenue is for cars, not trains. That’s not a point one usually has to make but in this case, a set of train tracks terminates just a few feet away from that window and the back wall of that coffee shop and its neighbors, Blimpie and the UPS Shop.

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A southwest Idaho police department says three handguns, a rifle and a shotgun have been stolen from unlocked vehicles in the last week.

The Meridian Police Department in a statement Friday says it has taken more than 20 vehicle burglary reports in that span and all came from residents who didn't lock their vehicles.

The agency says the theft of firearms poses a potential threat to the public and police officers.

The agency says residents should lock their vehicles and not leave firearms in them.

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The Boise Police Department says there were two reports of sexual assault that were recanted in the past few weeks. But officers want to make sure anyone who has been the victim of a crime is not afraid to make a report. The Department also works hard to prevent crimes, like rape and sexual assault, before they happen.

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A bill that would allow public utilities to keep blueprints and other documents secret from the public has passed is first hurdle in the Idaho Legislature.

The House State Affairs Committee introduced the measure Friday.

The proposal would exempt the public from seeing emergency response plans, computer and telecommunication systems and building blueprints.

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AAA Idaho says check your trunk – you may not have a spare tire. A relatively new trend by car manufacturers leaves the spare and the jack by the roadside, as it were, in an effort to get better gas mileage.

Over the last ten years, car makers have been getting rid of the 30-pound spare tire to help meet tougher federal fuel standards. A new study by AAA says more than one in three cars being made today simply don't have a spare.

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Last weekend, a shooting in Boise’s North End neighborhood sent a woman to the hospital with serious injuries. The victim – Mikaela Zabel-Gravatt – is recovering, and Christopher Wirfs is facing felony charges. The alleged shooter is charged with felony aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The incident exposes a gap in Idaho's legal code when it comes to getting protection from stalkers.

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